There is a common misconception of what varicose and spider veins really are. It may be embarrassing for some to admit that they have varicose veins or they simply just think that they have spider veins. Although spider veins can be fed from varicose veins, they are simply not the same. Let’s start with spider veins… What are they? Spider veins are typically purple web-like veins that appear either scattered all over the leg or in clusters. Although they can be symptomatic, they are usually painless and are considered cosmetic. They lie almost, if not, flat on the skin and are often described as “unsightly.” Varicose veins on the other hand are bulgy. People describe them as snake or rope like or even like a little brain. Varicose veins protrude from the skin and are not considered a cosmetic condition, but rather a medical condition. They can also be either symptomatic or asymptomatic. To properly diagnose patients with either spider veins or varicose veins, a thorough consultation should be done to examine the patient’s legs and areas of concern. Sometimes, certain patterns of spider veins indicate that there may be an underlying vein condition. An ultrasound examination can be done to properly diagnose varicose veins and underlying vein conditions.
Does Medicare cover varicose vein treatment?
Medicare is accepted at La Jolla Vein Care. Medicare will typically cover a consultation, diagnostic ultrasound and varicose vein treatment if it is considered medically necessary.
To be considered medically necessary and not cosmetic, the individual must meet certain criteria:
1) The vein condition must cause symptoms that are lifestyle altering and interfere with activities of daily living.
2) The individual has experienced complications of their vein condition such as leg ulceration, bleeding from a varicose vein or phlebitis
3) The patient has worn medical grade compression stockings for at least 6 weeks
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La Jolla Vein Care was featured on the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Member Spotlight, titled ‘Surgery-free Vein Treatment’
“La Jolla Vein Care has been a leader in non-surgical varicose vein removal since its establishment in 2010. The San Diego Chamber of Commerce was present at its 2010 ribbon cutting ceremony. It is located at the Ximed Building on the Scripps Memorial Campus in La Jolla.”
La Jolla Vein Care accepts San Diego military insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment. We accept Tricare Standard and Tricare for Life plans. Tricare Premium is HMO and not accepted.
- Blue Cross / Blue Shield
- Health Net
- Tricare For Life
- Tricare Standard
- United Healthcare
Check out La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Bunke and Dr. Fronek in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, which is the Top Doctor’s Issue. The article highlights the doctors expertise, specialized training, and diagnostic and innovative treatment technology that is offered at La Jolla Vein Care.
WORLD THROMBOSIS DAY
Recognized on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood disease of thrombosis. With hundreds of educational events in countries around the world, WTD and its partners place a global spotlight on thrombosis as an urgent and growing health problem.
Thrombosis is the formation of potentially deadly blood clots in the artery (arterial thrombosis) or vein (venous thrombosis). Once formed, a clot can slow or block normal blood flow, and even break loose and travel to an organ. This can result in significant injury, including heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism – the top three cardiovascular killers.
At La Jolla Vein Care, we specialize in ultrasound imaging technology that can diagnose blood clots in the leg veins, called deep venous thrombosis or DVT. A new or acute DVT requires emergency care. Old or chronic DVTs can damage the valves in the leg veins, causing a collection of signs and symptoms related to venous disease. We treat these types of conditions at La Jolla Vein Care.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – A blood clot that forms in the veins located deep within a limb, usually the lower leg or thigh. By blocking the flow of blood back to the heart, these clots are often characterized by pain and swelling of the leg. Clots in the leg can break off, travel to the lungs and lodge there as pulmonary embolism (PE). These can be fatal because they block the flow of blood from the lungs back into the heart.
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The hands can show signs of aging, such as enlarged veins, thinning skin, bony appearance and age spots. Hand veins tend to appear more prominent as one ages due to decreased collagen in the skin. Hand rejuvenation procedures in the past have focused on the removal of hand veins with sclerotherapy. The new concept today is to use an injectable filler
such as Radiesse to stimulate collagen production in the hands to add volume and plump up the skin on the back of the hands, making them appear younger. Radiesse can be used alone to improve the appearance of the hands, or in combination with sclerotherapy of hand veins.
The Sclerofill procedure has been used at La Jolla Vein Care since 2012 for hand rejuvenation. This method combines sclerotherapy of prominent hand veins and the injection of a filler, such as Radiesse to stimulate collagen production. The overall result is more youthful appearing hands.
This is a before and after picture of leg vein treatment with sclerotherapy at La Jolla Vein Care. See all of our Before and After Photos of San Diego Vein Treatment. Go to the ‘Results’ page of www.lajollaveincare.com. Click here to see more before and after photos of leg vein treatment by La Jolla Vein Care.
Watch a video on spider vein treatment with sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is considered the ‘gold standard’ of treatment for leg veins
. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a medication into the vein. This will cause the vein to collapse and gradually fade away. Sclerotherapy has been used to treat spider veins for decades, but new solutions such as AscleraTM allow for spider veins to be treated with minimal discomfort and immediate return to activities. Saline solutions are rarely used these days by vein specialists, because alternatives solutions are less painful and better tolerated. Sclerotherapy is preferred by most vein specialists over laser because spider veins often have underlying ‘feeder veins’ that can easily be treated with sclerotherapy, but are not addressed by laser. Many people will require more than one treatment session for optimal results. The national average is 2 to 5 treatment sessions. Wearing compression stockings after treatment will improve results.
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